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This title-contesting XI cost less than half of Kylian Mbappe

Spurs' likely first-choice XI for the start of the season cost less than £80million

Everyone is in agreement that money in football is getting out of hand.

Man City have spent £126million on full-backs in two weeks, Everton forked out £60million for Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, and 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe is the subject of bids in the region of £160million.

But one club isn’t having any of it — a title-contending Premier League club to boot.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator

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The masterplan

Spurs are proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to be a top four club on these shores.

Their likely first-choice XI for the start of the season cost Daniel Levy just under £80million in total.

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That works out at just under what Spurs received for Gareth Bale in 2013.

Obviously having a 25+ goal-a-season forward like Harry Kane emerge from the academy helps.

Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all paid upwards of £50million for a centre-forward this window whereas Spurs are more than content with their Golden Boot winner leading the line for years to come.

Harry Kane is hoping to bag plenty of goals for Spurs at their temporary Wembley home next season

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All those goals for free

But what’s more impressive is their youth recruitment.

Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Dele Alli have all become key players for club and England — Spurs paid £10million for the three of them.

Even their purchases of more established talents such as Toby Alderweireld and Christrian Eriksen have proved thrifty.

Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen were fully developed players when they arrived in North London – for under £10million each.


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Spurs’ most expensive player from their likely starting XI come the 13th August is Mousa Dembele.

Ask anyone at the club who the toughest player to play against is and they’ll all point to the hulking Belgian midfielder.

Levy’s famously miserly approach to negotiations has often been mocked down the years but the results can’t be argued with.

The less said about Moussa Sissoko the better…


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